There are 151 cities worldwide that have implemented or building Light Rail.
Here are some cities with LRT that might surprise you:
- Paris, Grenoble, Nice (France)
- Berlin, Dresden, Cologne (Germany)
- Copenhagen (Denmark)
- St. Petersburg (Russia)
- Macau (China)
- Ho Chin Minh City (Vietnam)
In fact, LRT is the fastest growing mode of transportation in North America. Cities like Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, Waterloo and Denver – all places with more snowfall than Toronto – use LRT.
Why are so many world-class cities building LRTs?
- Light Rail Vehicles are less costly to build and to maintain
- LRT construction is less disruptive because it is on the surface
- They are environmentally friendly: zero local emissions
- LRT technology is cutting-edge
- They have higher capacity than buses – are expandable
- LRT operates in all weather conditions – including snow
- They are high in quality – quiet & very comfortable
- They increase land values and attract development
- And everywhere they’ve been built, they attract high levels of ridership
All images in this post are sourced from the Toronto Transit Commission.